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Vasily Smyslov vs Mikhail Tal
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959), Bled, Zagreb & Belgrade YUG, rd 15, Oct-03
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Modern Variation (B42)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-20-06  Resignation Trap: In "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal", Tal wrote: [Vasily Smyslov ]"was obviously intent on gaining his revenge for the game from the second cycle [Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 ], and besides, it was clear that the players from the older generation who were fighting for the crown did not especially want to allow a young upstart into their midst.

Up to a certain point Smyslov played the game brilliantly [13.a3!, 15.exd5!, 17.Nb3!, 19.Rec1!!, 25.h4!] and completely outplayed me, while in addition I had only 2-3 minutes left for some 15 moves. I had nothing to lose, there was no time for hesitation, and I attempted only to complicate my opponent's task in any way possible. Then, with my flag horizontal, and a further four moves still to make, Smyslov ran into almost the only 'swindle' I had managed to think up [38.Qe5??]. As I later found out, he had seen my rook sacrifice on g1, but not on h1.

Smyslov is normally imperturbable at the board, but here, after my 39th move...Rh1+, his face changed, and after thinking for some three minutes, he made his reply and slammed his clock with furious force. Some of the pieces fell over, but, contrary to my normal practice, I first gave check with my rook on g1, pressed my clock, and only then began to restore order on the board. White could no longer escape from perpetual check."

Feb-20-06  Confuse: wowowowowoowowowow score for tal : )
Jun-20-07  inthestepsofTal: it later turned out that smyslov had seen my rook sacrifice on g1, but not on h1...
Mar-21-08  Everett: If 38.Qh2 Smyslov wins.
Apr-04-09  talisman: a full bishop up. had to be a draw smyslov never forgot.
Apr-04-09  slomarko: Smyslov was stupid.
Apr-04-09  Everett: <slomarko> A staggering amount of information exposed by just three words. Remarkable.
Apr-04-09  slomarko: i like to be concise. next time i'll try to expose the same amount of information but with 2 words only. stay tunned.
Apr-04-09  Everett: good luck
Nov-05-09  Vollmer: Smyslov flabbergasted . One word anyone?
Nov-05-09  Vollmer: (reMARK-a-BOLE) LOL
Jan-28-15  Poisonpawns: Greatest Swindle of all time....???
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  offramp: I thought of this game when I saw today's Position of the Day, C Aravindh vs J Herman, 2011. At that game's end the pawn on f6 is vital.

In this game, the fact that black has a pawn on e4 is crucial. Without it there is no perpetual check.

I suppose that pawn could have been anywhere else, but Tal was lucky, it was on e4!

Nov-28-15  Mehem: What a comedy! White just played 37.Rc6?? (37.Rc3 )

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Tal responded 37... Qd5?? (37...Qf5=) but Smyslov made another gift 38.Qe5?? (38.Qh2 and there's no defence for h6).

Nov-28-15  WDenayer: slomarko: Smyslov was stupid.

Sometimes I wish they would organise an elementary entrance exam here, really.

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  perfidious: <Everett: <slomarko> A staggering amount of information exposed by just three words. Remarkable.>

Yes, it was--though the poster clearly had no idea what <was> revealed by those three inelegant words.

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